Coil + Crochet Scrap Fabric Rug DIY

Coil + Crochet Scrap Fabric Rug - mypoppet.com.au

Finally the tutorial you’ve all been waiting for! I’ve been working on this coiled and crochet rug slowly for months and months; now that it’s finished I want to show you how to make your own. It’s a terrific way of using up lots of scrap fabric that is too worn out or stained for sewing projects, I’ve used old sheets, fabric remnants, and old clothing. All the materials are recycled including the twine I used to crochet with, I actually picked it up at a thrift store for a few dollars and it was absolutely perfect for this project.

The only crochet skills required are single crochet stitch which is fairly basic, I’ll link to a tutorial which explains it fully below.

If you’d like to make your eco friendly fully recycled rug rug for virtually no dollars, read on!

You will need:

Rug making supplies

  • Strong twine, thin cordage or very strong rug yarn. (I was lucky enough to pick up a large cone of nylon rug yarn at the thrift store)
  • Lots of unwanted fabric
  • Crochet hook (about 4mm, but will depend on the thickness of your yarn)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Lots of spare time
  • Rug underlay to prevent the rug slipping once it’s finished

How to:

Preparing your fabric strips

Recycle fabric for rug making

Depending on the type of fabric you have on hand, you will need to prepare your fabric accordingly. The idea is to cut long/continuous 2″ wide strips and then roll them into a ball ready for rug making.

If you are using large pieces of fabric like sheets or tablecloths the best way to cut to give a continuous strip is as per the diagram below.

Fabric strip cutting guide
You can just nick the fabric and tear but make sure not to rip all the way through.

If you have shorter strips made of fabric remnants or clothing, sewing them together into a long strip makes the process easier later on. Cut the ends at a 45 deg angle and sew together.

joining fabric strips on the bias

Once you have several large balls of fabric you are ready to start crocheting.

How to crochet the rug

I haven’t created a step by step tutorial to show you how to single crochet around a fabric strip because it’s exactly the same as the technique I used and explained in my Coil + Crochet Rainbow Basket Tutorial.

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Follow steps 1-4 here and just keep on going until your rug is as big as you’d like.

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Tips:

  • Twist the fabric strip to form a rope like cord to crochet around.
  • Work on a flat surface, especially as the rug gets larger to ensure the rug sits flat.
  • If the edges start to cup up it indicates that you need to add some more stitches, throw a few increases in there (2 stitches in one.
  • If the edges start to ripple you have added too many increases, pull in the inner fabric core gently to tighten up the ripples.
  • Don’t stress if you have cupping or ripples, you can always unravel the last few rows to fix it, you will get good at judging how flat the rug is sitting as it progresses.
  • When you get to the end of a fabric strip ball you can either sew the end to a new ball, or just overlap the fabric, twist and crochet over the overlapped layers.

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Keep going until you are happy with the size. I stopped when I ran out of twine.
To finish, just cut the end of the fabric diagonally so it tapers off, then keep going with single crochet until you are well past fabric end. Weave in any loose yarn ends.

For safety if you are going to be using the rug on a hard floor I’d suggest adding a non slip rug underlay to stop it moving when walked on. It will also help flatten out any lumps and bumps.

Crochet rag rug DIY mypoppet.com.au

Crochet rag rug DIY mypoppet.com.au

Crochet rag rug DIY mypoppet.com.au

Crochet rag rug DIY mypoppet.com.au

Crochet rag rug DIY mypoppet.com.au

Coil + Crochet Scrap Fabric Rug

If you have any questions (I may have missed something), just leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can.

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Have fun scrapbusting!

58 Comments

  • Thais Gloor says:

    Hello Cintia,
    I’d be very surprised if you don’t already know this, but another way of joining two long strips of cloth for purposes like this is to cut two slits, running lengthwise with the cloth strip, one near the end of each strip that will be joined and thread each strip through the other so that when pulled “apart” they pull tight. Maybe not so smooth but handy if you don’t have a sewing machine at hand.

  • LORIANN says:

    Great Job on the Rug!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Helen White says:

    This rug is sew special and Katie Lloyd thanks for you hint. Bless you both!

  • Lori says:

    This is GENIUS and beautiful!! I can’t wait to give this a try when I get home!

  • lily says:

    I love this eco-friendly idea of a rug. It’s looks ravishing, I myself love to recycle with old clothing, and all sorts of things.(www.keytocreativity.net) I love your blog very inspirational thanks for the tutorial I can’t wait to make one of my own. It looks so hip.

  • Maggie says:

    I love this! Thank you for taking the time to share. I can’t wait to get started!

  • Claire says:

    Aloha from Maui!

    Was wondering if there was a way to make this into a square or rectangular shape. Would love to know.

  • Katrina says:

    Rather than rug yarn or twine, you can also use another strip of fabric. Yours turned out really nice. 🙂

  • Joan says:

    Your rug is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely project. It’s on my to do list.

  • Cathy says:

    Im confused. So you make your fabric balls to crochet right? Where does the twine come in?what are you supposed to do with the twine?

  • Cathy says:

    So i read the basket steps. But im still confused. Are you supposed to use the twine to crochet on the outside of cloth fabric strip? So you encase the fabric inside the twine? Or is the fabric on the outside and twine is on the inside?

  • Wendymphx says:

    This would also be a good way to use plastic bags, (aka: plain), also cutting into strips and joined via the method of slitting and looping strips together. Bags are cut similar to large pieces of fabric.

  • Debra says:

    Hi,

    I love this rug and I have some rolls of wool already ready to go. Could I ask you how thick the twine you used is?

  • Sandra Silva says:

    Hello, you know how to paste a slip mesh trapillo carpet?
    Thank you!!!

  • Laura says:

    I’m obsessed with this beautiful rug! Projects that make clever use of ‘unwanted fabric’ have a special place in my heart. #allfabricmatters

  • Amy says:

    Gosh, this rug is gorgeous! I’d love to do one the same. How long did this take you?

  • Judy P says:

    You mentioned if you crocheted too tight or didn’t add enough stitches, it would “bowl” up. I wonder if you did it on purpose , it would bowl up enough to make a large bowl or basket type design?

  • Cynthia Thompson says:

    Did you ever try and make this in a rectangle? I need a very large durable rug. I think the rope might be what makes it stand up to use. Normally I’d grab some T-shirts and knit but I’d like to learn your technique as a rectangle. Thanks,

  • Tania says:

    I love this idea and want to do it, but would rather do it in rectangle. Did you ever try it ?? Thanks for such a beautiful idea !!

  • Luisa says:

    Is this washable? Thank u so much for sharing this. This will be fun to make!

  • Leslie says:

    Is 42″ long enough for the strips? And would 2.5″ be too wide?

  • Anna says:

    This rug is gorgeous! Did you plan out the colours or just add them totally randomly? We’re all your fabric weights/textures roughly the same? Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks. The colours were totally random. Some of the fabric weights varied, but i kept the core consistent by cutting the thinner fabric into wider strips and the thicker fabric into thinner strips.
      I also included a bit of jersey, but it’s not ideal as it stretches and can make the rug cup, so it’s hard to control tension.

  • Cynthia Thompson says:

    I commented earlier about wanting to make this rug in a rectangle.

    I finally did make a huge wool rug (9 x 12) but had my husband make a loom. I used 2″ wide Pendleton wool blanket selvages that they sell by the lb. We are near the manufacturers in Portland.

    I trimmed off the strings, dyed some of them and left the others as is. It’s very durable. Total cost with wood, nails, fabric, dye….$300. I could send a photo but not sure how to do it here.

    This was a very hard project just because of the size. I am happy with it!

  • Rosana Correia says:

    Thank you for giving me the best idea ever for my rugless living room. I do not like a type of rug that can be hard/impossible to wash, or in a size that I do not like. Also, I find that my orange couch has been blocking a little the colors I want to choose. My rug is in process for about two weeks. All thanks to your marvelous idea!

  • Megan Hobin says:

    Hello, I am currently attempting to make this rug now, and love the look of it so far!

    My rug has about 8 rings now and is larger than my hand, but I’m having trouble keeping it flat. It keeps cupping upwards regardless of how many increases I add in. I’m at the point where I have an increase in each stitch. Do you have any other recommendations for me?

    • Hi Megan, as the rug grows larger it helps to leave a little space between each stitch – the top bar (the bit that looks like a little V) will need to be longer. It allows room for the rug to flatten out without having to add tons of increases (and also let the fabric show through). I hope that makes sense.
      Send me a photo of the problem if that doesn’t sort it. cinti@mypoppet.com.au

  • sara-jane leo says:

    Can I use cotton cord or cotton chrochet thread to chrochet this together? Would like to use something similar to what would be used if I were to just buy a typical woven rag rug. Chrochet cotton is thin, but super strong, so is cotton string/cord.

  • abermanlebt says:

    Love the rug! This might sound silly, but I am dying to know where your shoes came from.

  • Roxanne Harrison says:

    Any Idea how much fabric you used to make this rug? I’m thinking of buying scrap fabric, but we’re particular on the color pattern and want to ensure we buy enough and not too much.

    • Sorry, I just kept making it until it was a suitable size. I’d say the equivalent of 2-3 bed sheets. It does use a fair amount. I suggest make a small sample. Measure how much fabric you used and how large it is, then you can multiply it by the size of rug you’d like. It should give you a rough guess as to how much fabric you’ll need over all.

  • Leslie says:

    Hello, can you please advise the measurements of the size of this rug. It looks lovely and I have been meaning to make a rag rug as have collected lots of t-shirts and old bed sheets. Thanks, Leslie.

  • Sarah Neufeld says:

    I just finished making one of these for a friend, and I absolutely love it! (Hopefully she will too… >grin<) Thank you so much for posting the tutorial! I wanted to note that I had a bit of trouble keeping the last two or three rows from cupping, and seem to have found a fix; I took them out once and redid them, and it still didn't lie quite flat enough, so because I had enough string, I kept going and did one more whole row just of crochet, increasing one stitch after every five stitches. That seems to have added enough tension to keep the outermost row from curling up, and yet the crochet-only row is elastic enough that it doesn't try to curl. …In case anybody else has similar trouble. I doubt it would fix an actual bowl-shape, but for a slight cup, it works pretty well. Thanks again!

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